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R. K. Narayan

John Thieme

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

R. K. Narayan's reputation as one of the founding figures of Indian writing in English is re-examined in this comprehensive study of his fiction. Arguing against views that have seen Narayan as a ... More


Middle-period novels: Mr Sampath to Waiting for the Mahatma

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Beginning with Mr Sampath: The Printer of Malgudi (1949) and culminating with The Painter of Signs (1976), the novels of R. K. Narayan's middle period represent his finest achievement. The ... More


Late novels

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Painter of Signs (1976) is R. K. Narayan's last major novel. The fiction that he produced in his seventies and eighties is variable in quality, but generally demonstrates a falling-off in his ... More


Contexts and intertexts

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

R. K. Narayan's invented South Indian town of Malgudi, which is the setting for virtually all his fiction, has been seen by many of his readers as a site that represents quintessential Indianness. In ... More


Early novels

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Three of R. K. Narayan's novels – Swami and Friends (1935), The Bachelor of Arts (1937) and The English Teacher (1945) – are often grouped together as a kind of loose trilogy about the coming of age ... More


Middle-period novels: The Guide to The Painter of Signs

John Thieme

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Despite his involvement with Graham Greene and his tailoring aspects of his fiction to suit British tastes, R. K. Narayan did not travel outside India until the second half of his life. Then, after ... More


Critical overview and conclusion

Stuart Hampton-Reeves and Carol Chillington Rutter

in R. K. Narayan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719059261
eISBN:
9781781701249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Graham Greene's shadow has hung over much of the critical response to R. K. Narayan's fiction, particularly reviews of his novels. Greene's view of Narayan as a mediator of essential Indianness for ... More


In a World Dominated by Adults: Swami and Friends

Ranga Rao

in R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199470754
eISBN:
9780199087624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199470754.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, World Literature

Ranga Rao furthers his critique by picking up Narayan’s debut novel, Swami and Friends. The very simplicity of the story signals thrifty talent and daring originality of theme. This novel also ... More


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